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Mariners not getting better, so they get younger

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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Mariners not getting better, so they get younger

The youth movement has begun in Seattle.

The Mariners cut ties with two of their oldest players Monday, putting left fielder Milton Bradley and reserve outfielder Ryan Langerhans on the designated for assignment list.

Seattle then dipped down to the roster of Triple-A Tacoma to pluck outfielder Mike Wilson, 27, and outfielder Carlos Peguero, 23.

For Wilson it is his first call to the big leagues. Peguero was called up to fill the void in late April when first baseman Justin Smoak left for bereavement leave.

"We felt Milton was not part of our future and not part of our present," general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a conference call. "Therefore, the move was made."

Making the move with Bradley, 32, was expensive, as he is due to make $12 million this year and Seattle is still on the hook for that.

However, the Mariners were getting little production from him, and they were unhappy that Bradley had managed to be ejected from games twice in the last 10 days.

Bradley came to Seattle in a controversial trade that sent pitcher Carlos Silva to the Cubs. Silva was released earlier this year, so it wasn't a trade that worked out for either team.

Langerhans, 31, had a big spring to make the team, but in 19 games was averaging only .173 and he had been almost completely supplanted in center field by Michael Saunders of late, even though Saunders also is in a huge slump.

In parts of three seasons with the Mariners, Langerhans hit .200, but he did hit a couple of walk-off home runs.

The Mariners need some power, and they are hoping that Wilson and/or Peguero can provide it. Both have hit with power in the minor leagues.

Wilson, in particular, has hit some long home runs, but until now the Mariners weren't confident enough in the rest of his offensive game.

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